New name reflects evolving nutrition and health focus
DES MOINES, IOWA – (December 6, 2004) – Kemin Foods, L.C., an operating company of Kemin Industries, Inc., has changed its name to Kemin Health, L.C. The new name more accurately describes the current and future strategic direction of the business, according to Rodney L. Ausich, Ph.D., Kemin Health president.
“When Kemin Foods was created in 1995, we had a small staff organized around an ingredient product called FloraGLO Lutein. We were new to the consumer market and chose a name that encompassed the wide platform of orally consumed ingredients,” Ausich said. “Since then things have changed significantly.
“The globally published research involving lutein and its impact on human health has steadily expanded. Our growing worldwide staff is involved in the many scientific, regulatory and business aspects of the lutein enterprise. The market tells us that our current and future products are centered on human health at the molecular level. Whether we apply our expertise through supplementation, food and beverage delivery systems or future applications yet to be conceived, human health is where we are positioned and where we will continue to grow,” said Ausich. Ausich said Kemin Health business development will remain anchored on creating, acquiring and deploying innovative molecular solutions—based on naturally occurring compounds—that can safely impact health conditions and contribute to long-term wellness.
About Kemin and FloraGLO® Lutein
Numerous peer-reviewed studies link the important eye-health benefits of the natural antioxidant lutein
with reducing the risk of age-related macular degeneration. Research has also suggested a reduced risk of
cataract extraction with increased lutein intake. Sourced from marigold flowers and purified from marigold flower oleoresin, FloraGLO Lutein is the world’s leading patented, purified lutein. Products with FloraGLO Lutein contain the same lutein naturally found in dark green leafy vegetables as well as eggs.
Lutein, present in the macula of the eye’s retina, appears to filter harmful, high-energy blue wavelengths
of visible light from both natural sunlight and indoor light. Lutein also appears to quench free radicals that may
lead to oxidative stress and cell damage in certain eye tissues. Studies indicate that daily intake of 6 mg to 10 mg may be beneficial for eye health.
Newer science suggests lutein may also promote healthy skin. Lutein’s light-filtering, antioxidant qualities may help protect the outer and inner layers of skin through use of oral lutein supplement products. A Kemin-affiliated company, Kemin Health is ISO 9001:2000 certified and headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, USA. Kemin has manufacturing facilities in Iowa, Texas, Belgium, India, Singapore, China and Thailand. To learn more about Kemin and FloraGLO brand lutein, visit www.Kemin.com or www.FloraGLOlutein.com.